It was dosa masters' day out in Madurai on Sunday. After hours of thorough practice, a Guinness Record attempt for rolling out the world's longest dosa- measuring 47.9 ft to be precise- was made at Tamukkam Ground as the crowd watched out the final moments with anxiety.
As two video cameras recorded the entire event for Guinness officials' verification, 35 ‘dosa masters' succeeded in their attempt for spreading the longest dosa and thus breaking the previous record of 38.2 ft made by the Vijayawada Hoteliers' Association.
The ‘Guinness dosa' event was organised as part of Madurai Round Table 14's fund-raising endeavour at the ‘Suvai Durbar' food festival 2012 to support Government schools and orphanages. By 5 p.m. on Sunday evening, the chefs and dosa masters geared up for the final moment while men, women and children lined up at the 61-ft ‘dosa kallu' which was specially prepared.
Popular chef K. Damodaran was in the city for the past three days to share his culinary secrets at the ‘Suvai Durbar' as well as to guide the ‘dosa masters' for Guinness Record. “We have made this successful attempt for a worthy cause of supporting deserving school children and schools also,” Sathish Devadoss, Chairman, Madurai Round Table 14, has said.
Dr. Damodaran was all praise for the Guinness attempt made in Madurai. “There were 35 dosa masters and 39 kilos of ‘dosa maaavu' was used for this longest ever dosa tried for a record. Training was given for the chiefs and others involved in this. After verifying the entire proceedings, the Guinness authorities may give certificates to dosa masters as well as sponsors,” he said.
The organisers have profusely thanked the Temple City Group of Hotels in Madurai for their wholehearted support to the event. As the dosa masters got ready to pour batter on the huge pan weighing more than three tonnes, there were announcements asking the dosa masters to ensure that the dosa does not break because it must come out as a single piece. Totally, 36 burners were installed under the ‘dosa kallu.'
After measuring the dosa's length two times with a tape, it was announced at 7. P.M. that Madurai had made a successful attempt and the Guinness authorities will have to announce it officially for entry in to record books. The dosas prepared at the event were given to the visitors.
At the end, it was announced that the Madurai dosa was 10 ft more than what was achieved in Vijayawada a year ago. Apart from the dosa event, crowds also visited special stalls put up at the venue for various food products.
“There were 35 dosa masters and 39 kilos of ‘dosa maaavu' was used for this longest ever dosa”